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The Ultimate Insiders Guide to Art Basel by Ted Loos

The usual trip to Miami is all about sunshine. But each December, the brilliance comes not from the sky but from the artistic talent on display, when Art Basel in Miami Beach rolls into town. This year marks the 17th edition of the art fair—a veritable smorgasbord of creativity, taking place in the Convention Center December 6 to 9 and featuring 268 galleries from 34 countries. To help first-timers hit the high points, we asked some of the art world’s most influential people for their “must-do” list when in Miami and Miami Beach for the fair. Here’s what they said.

Rachel Vancelette: Art and Fashion Adviser | Published December 2018

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Elliman Magazine

Vanity Fair | Meet Anton Yelchin Photographer by Kenize Bryant: 2017

Vancelette told Vanity Fair the day after the show’s opening night that the process of selecting photos felt slightly transgressive and intimate. “It was like looking through someone’s diary,” she said. “It was like looking through someone's evaluation of how their life was. Not to know the person and not be able to ask him what his thoughts are or what he would want is a complicated task as a curator.”

“You want to make sure that the family, the friends, and everyone who knew him in life felt like it was to the level of what they would want him to have,” she added.

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Vanity Fair

Observer | Japanese Exhibition "Reflections" by Dan Durray

Rachel Vancelette, the director who curated the show, is passionate about the project. In fact, she left the US in April 2010 to organize it, after the tsunami and earthquakes that paralyzed the country fueled fears of nuclear fallout.

“Personally, it was a privilege to lend support during these difficult times.” She wrote in an email to The Observer. “It was a reflective moment for the world. I found the younger generation of painters were expressing an inner personal dialogue fused with their overall view of Japanese society.”

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Observer

Il Sole 24 Ore | Collezioni-investimento globali by Irina Zucca Alessandrelli

In global collecting, exhibiting work becomes important as well as buying in a single investment strategy that focuses on visibility and awareness, explains Vancelette.

How do you orient yourself to choose the right piece of an artist?

There are many variations in the choice: the most important thing is to know the artist and discuss the work with them, and very often there is a close relationship of friendship that develops over time.

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Il Sole24Ore | The Financial Paper of Italy

ARTNEWS | Yvon Lambert Takes Giant Lot 61 Space in Chelsea | 2007

The 5,500-square-foot space, which is to be designed by Richard Gluckman, is slated to open in March 2007, according to Rachel Vancelette, senior director of Lambert’s current New York space at 564 W. 25th St.

Vancelette says the gallery began looking for a new space last September, with plans to expand its program in New York. Lambert, who celebrates his 40 Anniversary as a dealer this year, and whose sizable private collection of contemporary art is on view in a private museum in Avignon, France, opened his present New York space three years ago.

According to Vancelette, Lambert has not yet decided whether he will retain that space after opening the new one. Vancelette says Gluckman’s design plans for the new, column-free space include adding even more skylights to already numerous ones that exist, evoking Lambert’s light-filled gallery at 108, Rue Vieille du Temple in Paris, the ceiling of which is made almost entirely of glass.

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Artnews

Mario Testino "At Home" 2007

Mario Testino, best known as a fashion photographer, is also a respected art collector, art collaborator and tastemaker. 

"At Home" showcased the talents of artists such as John Stezaker, Glenn Ligon, Anne Collier, Wolfgang Tillmans, Nicola Tyson, and Anselm Reyle, as chosen by someone with a unique understanding of imagery, in collaboration with Yvon Lambert and lead by Rachel Vancelette Senior Director and YL team, the special installation by Mario Testino focused not merely on art as something to look at, but how we look at it—and, moreover, how we live with it. It is an examination, both playful and serious, of paintings as decoration, as well as works of art, valued for their form and color as much as their content and authorship. Testino transformed the gallery into his ideal showcase: not a blank space where a painting becomes a fetishized object away from the context of everyday life, but a drawing room in which each painting has to survive and flourish as part of a rich community, allowing us to examine how works of art inform each other and their surroundings as well as ourselves.

Mario Testino | "At Home" 2007

Memory Maker by Sara Roffino | Art + Auction

Curator Rachel Vancelette explains that “Juan’s conceptual work in monumental spaces communicates his transformational processes in a unique and profound way. Both in public and private spheres, he consistently reminds his international audiences of current and ancient architectural memories.”

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Art + Auction Magazine

Real People: Anton Yelchin’s “Provocative Beauty” Exhibition by Valerie McPhail

Vancelette speaks on behalf of those who knew the artist that lived with “generosity of spirit, and took time with people.” His portraiture work reveals a connection to those who may be naturally overlooked or mistaken.

A Shaded View on Fashion

A Love Letter to Italy | Discovering Pistoia, The Triangle of Weddings, Olive Oil and Luxury + More!

Italy, one of the most gorgeous countries in all the world, is best known for its fashion, design, vineyards, architecture, and cuisine. Celebrities have been flocking here for years for an escape from the bustling metropolitan lifestyle and to find a special piece of the romantic countryside. Rock stars and movie stars such as Madonna, Leonardo DiCaprio, and George Clooney have all put Italy on the map for international discovery, but I found a few secrets left untold as I discovered Pistoia! A huge boost in tourists traveling to this area over the years has inspired many artists, writers, chefs and countless other adventurers to descend into this magical place, many who stay and live here for years in this golden centerpiece populated by of the most creative and artistic souls in Italy!

Published December 2018

Metropolitan Magazine

A New Vision on Fashion by Rachel Vancelette

Il Couture Council del Fashion Institute of Technology ha consegnato a Karl Lagerfeld il premio Fashion Visionary Award.

La Stampa | Italian Newspaper

Saving Banksy World Premiere at the Roxy: Will Banksy reappear in NYC?

Mr. Banksy, welcome to New York! Published 05/21/2010

Saving Banksy World Premiere at the Roxy: Will Banksy reappear in NYC? Published 01/18/2018

Vogue Italia

Larry Poons' Race for Decades! Sundance Film Festival’s The Price of Everything + Color

Interview of artist Larry Poon's by Rachel Vancelette at Vogue Italia.

Breaking through conventions, artist Larry Poons‘ brilliant colored drenched paintings are making a comeback like never before globally, and COLOR is the clue!  Recognized early as one of the artists in the famous Leo Castelli gallery during the 1960s, this artist continues today at 80 years old to race ahead like never before!

Published: 2018

Vogue Italia

ARTNET: Late ‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Had a Secret Passion for Photography. Now See His Work for the First Time.

Yelchin’s photography “evokes a wide range of emotions throughout the exhibition,” said Vancelette.  “As a curator, you only hope that the vision you have for hanging the work speaks to the artist intentions and provides an insight into his process itself.”

Vancelette said stories about individual works from the artist’s family and friends continue to unfold, “which creates an amazing oral history.” Fifty-three photos were selected for the show.  

ARTNET

Artist Kenny Scarf by Rachel Vancelette

Reminiscent of the psychedelic 70's parties, Friday night's party at Kenny Sharf's " Cavern a Go-Go" in his New York home.

Published: 2010

Vogue Italia

Collector Roberto Polo Debuts Two New Museums in Spain

Roberto Polo, Cuban American collector, philanthropist and art historian has been busily planning the huge debut of two new museums in 2019. They will reside in Spain and become home to his in-depth art collection and shown for the first time to an international public.

The process to launch the venture has been complex and engaging to accomplish transformation of two important buildings into museums hoping to fascinate and educate spectators for generations to come. Audiences will get a rare glimpse into the mind of one of the most colorful and ambitious art collectors of our time.

Published: December 2018

Metropolitan Magazine

Biennale di Venezia 2017: Sislej Xhafa by Rachel Vancelette

Sislej Xhafa for the upcoming Venice Biennale, with an exhibition titled Vice versa. ... We met with the artist at Caffé Capri in Brooklyn for a short interview di Rachel D. Vancelette.

Published: May 27, 2013

Biennale di Venezia 2017 Sislej Xhafa, well known conceptual, contemporary artist is being shown this year at the Venice Biennale with a powerful exhibition representing his interpretation of the devastation and suffering brought to his country in the Kosovo War.

Published: May 12, 2017 

Vogue Italia

Alexa Armstrong | Bringing A Fresh Eye to Sotheby's Old Master Sales

Alexa Armstrong is an Associate Specialist with the Old Masters department at Sotheby’s Auction House. We sat down with her to get an insider view of this expanding segment in the art market. Armstrong has been overseeing the midseason and online sales, and she provides refreshing viewpoints on the desire to combine old and new in order to appeal to new audiences interested in the Old Master Paintings market. Unfolding the history and associating artworks in a contemporary setting is what fascinates her, and her enthusiasm and professionalism is contagious when discussing the upcoming sales, tips, artists and more.

Published: December 2018

Metropolitan Magazine

Lady Hervey's LADYSHIP SWIM Collection sets sail to new horizons

A notable British “It” girl and former model for the likes of Christian Dior, Lady Victoria Hervey is also a recognized entrepreneur making waves literally with her new swimwear line. Previously part owner of the once popular Knightsbridge boutique Akademi, which was often frequented by celebs such as Victoria Beckham, Meg Mathews, and Martine McCutcheon. Hervey’s LADYSHIP SWIM collection is officially launching during the Resort 2019 season, marking the first line of her luxury lifestyle. Her exciting new venture creates a reflection of her own lifestyle with lively bold colors and sexy designs for a lady’s most prized possession, “the bikini!”

Published December 2018

Metropolitan Magazine

Globetrotter Travel Guide: Nantucket Secret Escape: by Rachel Vancelette

The launch of Globetrotter Travel Guide Series for Metropolitian Magazine started with the Secret Escape of the small island of Nantucket. The article dives into the favorite hidden gems of the island. 

Published September 2018

Metropolitan Magazine

Sundance 2016 | The Best Celebrity Style Moments From Park City

Hollywood’s elite appear each year in the small snowy town of Park City, Utah to mingle and network during the annual Sundance Film Festival. Actors, moviemakers and moviegoers come to support the various upcoming projects, while stepping out in their latest winter wardrobes. The après ski style ranges from chic outerwear, duster coats, cozy sweaters, snow boots, casual denim, plaids and patterned shirts to winter separates, allowing these stars to show their warm and cozy side.

Published 1/29/2016

Mandatory

Shine a Spotlight on Texas | Dallas Art Fair 2017 by Rachel Vancelette

Co-founded by John Sughrue and Chris Byrne, the 9th annual 2017 Dallas Art Fair features close to 100 prominent international art dealers and galleries exhibiting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video, and installations by modern and contemporary artists.

Vogue Italia

Koh & Lanvin: In New York the Lanvin's boutique becomes an installation by the artist Terence Koh. Between art and fashion. 2010 by Rachel Vancelette

Another surprise was the addition of controversial contemporary performance artist Terence Koh for the store's opening. Known for his odd and sometimes disturbing art forms, he did not disappoint. (His longtime friend Lady Gaga had him counting a bowl of pearls in her performance "88 pearls" while wearing a costume inspired by Koh's sculpture from his project Boy By The Sea during her stadium performance in Japan).

Published: 9/12/2010

Vogue Italia

Biennale di Venezia 2017: intervista a Gal Weinstein by Rachel Vancelette

Gal Weinstein, artista apprezzato e noto per i suoi lavori spesso critici della politica di Israele, rappresenta quest’anno Israele alla Biennale di Venezia con una mostra intitolata Sun Stand Still. L’immensa opera site-specific sarà esposta nel Padiglione progettato dall’architetto Zev Rechter nello spirito della Bauhaus, inaugurata proprio alla Biennale di Venezia nel 1952. Rechter è stato il primo architetto israeliano a utilizzare il linguaggio del modernismo universale in Israele prima della fondazione dello stato e dopo l’indipendenza.

Published: May 2017

Vogue Italia

NYFW: Men’s 2016 | Menswear Superstars On The Rise: Nick Graham, Gypsy Sport and Palmiers du Mal. By Rachel Vancelette

Unique and creative design departures from the conventional continue to surprise this week during the New York Fashion Week 2016.

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Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic

Prince Harry took a brief toss onto his knees from his polo mount and, smiling, quickly dusted off and remounted to the gasps and delight of the crowd at the 3rd annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic on historic Governor's Island in NY on Sunday.

90 degree weather did not deter wannabee princesses, NY elite and celebrities from wanting to see his world famous grin and enjoying the match with continual champagne toasts.

The glamorous and rare daytime social occasion brought out the traditional gigantic ladies hats and men's summer suits seen lounging under big yellow umbrellas. Once home to regular matches for the posh social set, the enormous field drew a star studded crowd including Susan Sarandon, on crutches, Ivanka Trump (who hopped a trolley at half time to escape the unbearable heat), Julianna Margulies, Rachel Roy, Josh Lucas, Carol Alt, Val Kilmer, Mary J. Blige, Russell Simmons, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and many more.

Proceeds from the Polo Classic benefit the American Friends of Sentebale, the arm of Prince Harry's charity set up with Prince Seeiso of Lesotho, Africa, also in attendance. The organization is helping over 400,000 at risk children of the AIDS ravaged nation.

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Published June, 2010

Vogue Italia

Ping Pong is back! | SPIN

A club dedicated to ping pong in the Flatiron district, created by a famous designer. A mix of sports, design, fashion and celebrities

Table tennis is hotter than ever in NYC's summer heat. Backed by Susan Sarandon and a team of owners including Franck Raharinosy (the prince of Madagascar) and Jonathan Bricklin, SPIN is an upscale club located in the Flatiron district.

The packed 13,000 square feet, with a chic restaurant, sports bar and 16 top-quality ping pong tables was dreamed up by renowned designer Todd Oldham, who was host for TV's reality show Top Design on Bravo. Many different events happen simultaneously with guests moving freely from one to the other with a drink or a ping pong paddle in hand (or both).

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Published July 2010

Vogue Italia

Somaly Mam by Rachel Vancelette

Il lavoro umanitario di Somaly Mam, nominata dal Time Magazine tra le persone più influenti del 2009**, si basa sulle voci dei profughi e sulla sua esperienza personale**. L'eccitazione riempiva l'aria del night club alla moda, The Box, in attesa di vedere lo spettacolo di danza coreografato da Jermaine Browne. I ballerini amplificavano l'atmosfera tenendo in mano sciarpe di seta rossa, pezzi unici fatti a mano dai rifugiati. Un discorso commovente pieno di forza e di impegno personale è stato pronunciato da Lauren Bush, ospite d'onore. Speciali drink eco-friendly, desserts e lo spettacolo eclettico hanno deliziato gli ospiti tra cui Amanda Brooks, David Lauren, Kelly Brant, Henry e Pincus Ana, Tina Livanos, Ashley Bush e molti altri.

Published April 2010

Vogue Italia

Miami Art Basel: Week Recap

Anche questo è Miami Art Basel: party e i brindisi a base di champagne fino a tarda notte con VIP internazionali accorsi qui per per conoscere i famosi collezionisti multimilionari e per essere presenti nelle numerose mostre d’arte che si sono svolte in ogni angolo di Miami Beach.Una sfavillante serata in cui la moda e l’arte si sono unite in armonia è stata quella per Maison Martin Margiela e Atelier Swarovski: un cocktail privato ultra-esclusivo, che ha visto la presenza di celebs e imprenditori, fra cui Brian Atwood, Katherine Cocke, Vincent Ottomanelli, Luis Ortiz, Cameron Silver e Rachel Heller.

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Published December 2013

Vogue Italia

Iman's Home | The top model introduced her home collection at Mercedes Benz star vip lounge during NY Fashion Week by Rachel Vancelette

VIP's seen relaxing in this oasis at the Mercedes Benz' Fashion Week find themselves in a 'tribal' hideaway equipped with lush furniture and full bar, designed by fashion icon Iman. This debut of Iman Home Collection   surprised visitors with a relaxing space and a sneak preview launching to an online audience late September. Following in the footsteps of supermodels Cindy Crawford and Kathy Ireland the goal is a home collection with broad appeal to middle America.

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Published 09/10/2010

Vogue Italia

Frieze Art Fair 2014 | Controversy, celebrities and contemporary art

In its third year in NYC, Frieze Art Fair strikes again with hullabaloo, stars and contemporary art.  People elbowed for the hottest ticket to scoop up the latest and greatest in contemporary art this year.  

Early viewers and buyers included celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio with director Spike Jonze, Uma Thurman, John McEnroe, Beastie Boy Mike D., Marc Jacobs and even former Mayor Bloomberg (who is now chairman of the board at Serpentine Gallery.) All circulated and jockeyed through the quarter mile long tent designed again by Brooklyn’s architectural firm SO_I.

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Published May 2014

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